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Monday, July 18, 2022

Should an Author’s Main Character Be Flawed?

    Yes, to a certain degree, it’s better if the protagonist is flawed because flaws are what make a character more relatable. A character should also be likable, but likability isn’t a requirement for a good book. Case in point, let’s take a look at the character Ghost from the Starz television series, Power. He was a drug dealer from Queens who tried to go totally legit by opening up a nightclub. He was also considered an antihero by definition, and depending on who you are, you may have found yourself rooting for him in many instances. However, Ghost is extremely flawed―he’s a killer, a manipulator, and a two-timing husband who puts himself first above everyone (including his family) and everything else in most situations. He always seemed to be one step ahead of law enforcement though, which made him a very shrewd criminal who could finesse his way out of any adverse condition or use brute force when necessary. Whether you liked the character Ghost or absolutely hated him, he captured the interest of millions of viewers for six straight seasons.


    So, how does a character like Ghost who’s not very likeable and garners little or no sympathy from viewers gain their attention every week? It’s simple―they were intrigued by him. Intrigue is what hooks viewers, and personally, I was fascinated by the fact that he lasted so long without getting killed by the police or rival drug dealers or even getting sentenced to life without parole in prison. In turn, it is better for the audience to be enthralled by the main character than it is to simply like the main character of a novel, movie, or television series.

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